Skilled Workforce and Training

Pennsylvania offers a range of job training programs and partnerships.

In one year, nearly 250 of Pennsylvania’s colleges and universities add highly skilled graduates to a labor force of more than 6.4 million. Pennsylvania’s universities are world-renowned and include four of the top 50 educational institutions in the United States.

Partnerships between Pennsylvania’s workforce training programs and world-class colleges and universities drive collaboration and strengthen our growing workforce, attracting new growth across the state


Pennsylvania’s WEDnetPA Training Program is unique in its ability to be responsive to the state’s business community needs. By enabling employers to determine their own training needs and select among a wide range of training providers (the 27 WEDnetPA partners, third-party providers or in-house staff), as well as how and where the businesses will receive the training (onsite, offsite, or online), WEDnetPA offers an employer-driven choice to make businesses more competitive while keeping employee skills current and relevant.

Both eligible in-state businesses and out-of-state companies relocating to Pennsylvania can apply to WEDnetPA to access training funds. The funding, in turn, can be used for a wide range of training — categorized as either Essential Skills Training or Advanced Technology Training. As of FY 15-16, more than 18,400 businesses were assisted and more than 1,144,000 employees were trained through the program.

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Higher Education

Each year, the commonwealth’s nearly 250 public and private higher education institutions supply tens of thousands of new graduates, ensuring Pennsylvania’s workforce pipeline is filled with employees who are critical thinkers, problem solvers, communicators and innovators.

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Pennsylvania’s higher education institutions offer technical classes in advanced manufacturing, aviation and other skilled occupations. Many of these programs offer hands-on training for students, preparing them to head into the workforce with experience in their fields.

Following is a sampling of the technical training and expertise offered in some of these areas:

Pennsylvania College of Technology

Pennsylvania College of Technology’s Plastics Innovation and Resource Center (PIRC) is home to the only Centers for Excellence in rotomolding and thermoforming in North America. Companies in these industries looking to train employees or develop new products or materials with assistance turn to the PIRC. The PIRC provides equipment training, education in injection molding, blow molding, extrusion/compounding, rotational molding, thermoforming, analytical, rheological, and physical testing. Additionally, PIRC conducts national seminars and hands-on workshops in the areas of thermoforming, extrusion, rotational molding, in addition to holding a a plastics symposium. The center also provides a wide array of client services designed to foster collaboration with industry.

For more information, visit their website.

Penn State Erie – The Behrend College
Community College of Beaver County
Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics